Everyone knows it: Paula Abdul is worthless as an American Idol judge. Everyone knows the things she says are without value. When she declares two performances from last night as "brilliant", well, that’s all the proof anyone needs. She seems incapable of offering critical opinion that would be seen as negative, I suppose for fear of damaging the Idles delicate burgeoning egos. She sees it as being supportive, I guess, but it’s not at all. The Idles need to be critiqued, they need to learn how to improve. On those rare instances when Paula considers a performance weak, the worst she’ll do for an Idle is to tell them they had a really pretty smile, a beautiful aura or some other chakra bullshit.
Randy is not much better. At least he’ll allow the possibility that a performance wasn’t good. But he only has about three different ways of making that point. "It was pitchy" "it didn’t do it for me dude" and the "it was aiight" concession. His criticisms have become worthless too, because they no longer mean anything.
Thank Goodness for Simon. He usually is spot on with what was wrong with a performance and he’s not afraid to speak his mind. Yes, sometimes he’s too blunt, and yes, everyone makes him out to be the villain, but in truth he’s the only one who matters.
How was last night’s performances? The theme was Musicals and again, I was amazed at the generally poor choice in song that most made. But perhaps it’s not the choice in song so much as it is the arrangements that they sing. Last night, the band seemed to be rather overpowering, making it difficult for many singers to highlight their, well, singing.
The standout, easily and surprisingly, was Constantine. He absolutely nailed his song. Yes the sex-eyes making love to the camera pout has got to stop, but this week and last he was really good. I thought Nadia did a good job last night (although she left my wife feeling empty).
Anthony was awful (was always awful, will always be awful and needs to be the next to go), Scott was not very good either, but both looked good. Nikko, I just don’t like. Bo was Bo-ring. The BlondeCountryGirl did a really good impersonation of a singer, Vonzell looks so pretty but her singing is vaccuous. And is there another female I’m not remembering? If so, then she likely didn’t do a memorable job. No, wait, it’s Anwar. He was, again, technically good but a poor choice of song.
The biggest problem with this batch of singers is that, generally, they have a really difficult time feeling the songs they sing. It’s all Paint By Numbers singing. They more or less hit the right notes, but there’s no soul behind the notes.
Tonight’s Bottom Three: Anthony, Anwar and Nadia. Not because I think Anwar or Nadia deserve to be there, but because America seems to want to get rid of them.
Anthony will go (this choice is based more on my need for him to go, and not on America’s opinion, since they seem to ignore his lack of talent and focus rather on his cute factor)